Assistant General Manager
Now entering his 18th season with the Predators, and his 10th as the club’s assistant general manager in 2015-16, Paul Fenton has been instrumental in bringing in many of Nashville’s core players through the draft, trades and free-agent signings.
After serving as the director of player personnel for the Predators’ first eight seasons, Fenton was promoted to assistant general manager on June 5, 2006, where he oversees the Predators’ amateur player development, manages the team’s professional and amateur scouting staff and advises President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile on player personnel decisions. He has assisted in player acquisitions since joining the Predators and managed the club’s Entry Draft efforts from 2003 (when the team selected Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Kevin Klein and Alexander Sulzer) until 2008 when he passed the torch to Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty.
Of the 34 players the Predators used in 2014-15, 17 of them were drafted by Nashville while another three were acquired by Nashville before making their NHL debut, meaning no fewer than 20 players used were “homegrown” for the fourth consecutive season.
Fenton also serves as general manager of the Predators’ primary developmental affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, who made 12 consecutive playoff appearances from 2003-14 while also focusing on prospect development; for the second straight season in 2014-15, the Ads roster contained only six regulars over the age of 25. Milwaukee also became the first team in AHL history to post 40-or-more wins and 90-or-more points in eight consecutive seasons from 2002-03 to 2010-11 with the likes of future Preds such as Weber, Pekka Rinne, Roman Josi, Colin Wilson, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and Filip Forsberg. Fenton served as Associate GM for Team USA at the 2011 World Championship.
The Springfield, Mass., native joined the Predators after spending five seasons in the Anaheim Ducks’ hockey operations department. He served as a scout during his first three seasons with the Ducks and as the chief professional scout the last two years. A number of players drafted during Fenton’s run with the Ducks – such as Paul Kariya, Steve Rucchin, Ruslan Salei and Mike LeClerc – led Anaheim to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final. Fenton also helped facilitate one of the Anaheim franchise’s largest trades, the February 1996 acquisition of Teemu Selanne.
Fenton played eight seasons in the NHL before joining the scouting ranks. He amassed 100 goals and 83 assists in 411 NHL contests while playing for seven different NHL teams, including San Jose during the Sharks' inaugural season (1991-92). In 1989-90, the former Boston University Terrier scored an NHL career-high 32 goals for the Winnipeg Jets, and his playing resume also includes three selections to AHL and IHL All-Star teams.
Paul and his wife, Nona, reside in Brentwood. They have two sons, P.J., who plays for Fort Wayne of the ECHL, and Owen, a doctoral student in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).